France-IX is a non-profit association which gathers up its members every year for them to vote the accounts and the renewal of the board committee. Members take part by voting for the financial accounts and the new board of directors.

The first part of the event is dedicated to France-IX achievements and next year plans. The second part of the event is open to sponsors and partners presentations and more generally attendees benefit from inspiring and high quality technical insights. The event ends with open discussions where everyone is free to share their opinions and inputs.

Attendees enjoy the numerous networking opportunities during the day, through coffee breaks, lunch and a cocktail at the end of the day. Sponsors benefit from these moments. France-IX GM starts at 9:00 AM with a welcome coffee, a lunch break, the announcement of the vote result, a mid-afternoon break of about 30 minutes, and a closing cocktail time to discuss informally with the participants.

The France-IX’s General Meeting is a private event reserved exclusively for the community of its internet exchange point. By default, only members, partners, sponsors and guests invited by France-IX have the right to participate.
France-IX reserves the right to refuse any registration of a non-member.

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Kentik Sponsor

www.kentik.com - @kentikinc

As network and service operators and developers, we’ve spent our entire professional lives designing and running large-scale networks and CDNs. With decades of experience, we know the shortcomings of available tools. What we always wanted — but never found — was an infrastructure visibility solution that’s scalable, powerful, easy to use, and affordable. We started Kentik to create that solution.


Brocade sponsor

www.brocade.com - @Brocade

Brocade helps the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the transition to today’s era of digital business.

To address the demands of service provider environments, Brocade solutions deliver industry-leading cross-domain full network lifecycle automation, pervasive visibility and highly scalable, adaptable platforms – including network automation software and turnkey automation suites and a comprehensive portfolio of data center switches and routers with embedded real-time network visibility.


Telehouse Sponsor

www.telehouse.com - @telehouse

Our world is getting smaller, and enterprise now operates on a global scale. Data management is at the core of every business model, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Telehouse predicted this shift over 25 years ago, and has built a global footprint of 48 Data Centers around the world to support enterprise everywhere they do business.

As a leading provider of carrier-neutral Data Centers, Telehouse Interconnect brings together more than 3,000 business partners such as Carriers, Mobile and Content providers, Enterprises and Financial services companies. Fast, efficient and secure interconnections enable companies to accelerate speed to market and to create business opportunities, now and in the future.


Interxion sponsor

www.interxion.com - @interxion

Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 45 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications.

With over 600 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.


Coriant sponsor

www.coriant.com - @Coriant

Coriant delivers innovative and dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core packet optical networking and DCI solutions enables network operators to cost-efficiently scale network capacity, reduce operational complexity, and create the resilient foundation for a new generation of mobile, video, and cloud services.

Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cloud and data center operators, Web 2.0 content providers, cable MSOs, government agencies, and large enterprises. With a distinguished heritage of technology innovation and service excellence, Coriant is helping its global customers maximize the value of their network infrastructure as demand for bandwidth explodes and the communications needs of businesses and consumers continue to evolve.


Pure Optics sponsor

www.pureoptics.net - @PureOptics

With 10 years of expertise, Pureoptics was created with the objective of offering high-quality optical broadband network solutions for telecommunications and datacenters professionals. Optical transceivers are manufactured with rigorous processes to ensure high-grade and consistent quality: each optical transceiver is tested individually, its connectors are checked for cleanliness. Pureoptics guarantees solutions with the best performance and impeccable quality.



TIME Crown Plaza Republique, Paris Speaker Company
9.00-9.30   Registration and Coffee (sponsored by Pure Optics)    
9.30-9.35 Opening    Christian Kaufmann   France-IX
9.35-10.00 Highlights of 2016-17 and Perspectives for 2017-18   Franck Simon   France-IX
10.00-10.10 Board Report   Christian Kaufmann   France-IX
10.10-10.50 Board Candidates Introduction   Franck Simon   France-IX
10.50-11.00 Marketing & Sales Report   Delphine Masciopinto   France-IX
11.00-11.30 How to use Flow Data Enhanced with BGP, Performance, DNS and URLs   Jim Meehan   Kentik
11.30-12.30 Technical Report   Simon Muyal   France-IX
12.30-14.00   Lunch Break
14.00-14.30 Marketplace Partners   Delphine Masciopinto
14.30-14.45 Internet 2020: Digital Transformation and the changing face of the Internet   Daniel Williams   Brocade
14.45-15.00 Marseille’s evolving role in global interconnectivity   Mike Hollands   Interxion
15.00-15.15 Google Global Network: perspectives in Western Europe   Thomas Volmer   Google
15.15.-15.30 Data Interconnection Market Evolution in France   Samih Souissi   ARCEP
15.30-16.00   Coffee Break (sponsored by Coriant)    
16.00-16.05 Vote Results   Franck Simon   France-IX
16.05-16.20 TOP-IX Update   Luca Cicchelli   TOP-IX
16.20-16.35 The future of peering   Eric Loos   BICS
16.35-16.50 Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive   François Contat   ANSSI
16.50-17.05 LINX Update   Mike Hellers   LINX
17.05-17.45 Panel: Digital Transformation in France and IXP adoption moderated by Richard White (AxiCom PR UK) panelists: Lionel Marie/Schneider Electric , Stephane Meny/LVMH, Laurent Piau/Air Liquide
17.50-18.00 Closing, Q&A and questionnaire   Franck, Christian   France-IX
18.00-21.00   Cocktail (sponsored by Interxion)


Franck SIMON

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Franck Simon is President of France-IX Services since its inception in 2010 and brings his extensive industry experience to the management and ongoing development of the non-profit association Internet exchange point.

Prior to France-IX, Franck was the Technical Director of RENATER, the French academic network, where he worked for almost 15 years. As part of his duties at RENATER, Franck held responsibility for the SFINX (Service for French Internet exchange), the first Internet exchange point ever created in France, for more than 10 years.

Franck has in-depth experience in wide area networks (WAN) and of backbones operators as well as being knowledgeable about the strategies and policies for interconnection between operators and the context of peering in France and in Europe. Since 2012, he has also been involved in the AFNIC’s (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération) scientific committee and its contribution to the definition of future trends in internet infrastructure.


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Simon Muyal is Chief Technology Officer at France-IX. He has 15 years of experience in networking and interconnection, alternating between network engineering, R&D and network operational roles.

Prior to France-IX, Simon held different roles with RENATER, the French NREN where he worked during 9 years and operated the SFINX (Service for French Internet exchange). Simon holds his Master of Science from the French Engineering school, ENSEEIHT in Toulouse. He gives regular talks during industry conferences and is an active contributor to the peering community in Europe.


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Delphine Masciopinto is Chief Commercial Officer at France-IX. She is an experienced telecom professional, who has lived and worked in six different countries in the past two decades, focusing on marketing and commercial development for service providers.

Prior to joining France-IX, she led the pricing and bid-support for North America for all the data services running on the Reliance Globalcom/FLAG Telecom network from 2007 to 2013. In the early 2000s, she contributed to the marketing and business development of Level 3 Communications in Europe. Prior to Level 3, she managed the launch of data and IP services for Orange’s subsidiaries in Denmark, Spain and Jordan. Delphine holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Telecom Business School in France.

Christian KAUFMANN

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Christian Kaufmann is the Head of Network Technology at Akamai. He leads a global team of technologists focused on peering and interconnection, network, hardware, and datacenter architecture to enhance the performance and capability of the Akamai Platform.

Christian has a decade long industry involvement and stewardship on various Boards including Regional Internet Registries and Internet Exchanges. He was just re-elected this past May into the RIPE NCC Executive Board.

In the past Christian was the Technical Operations Manager for the Munich based INXS, served on the AMS-IX Board for six years with the last three as Chairman, and was also part of the Netnod Board of Directors. Being one of the cofounders of France-IX, he returned in October 2016 to serve as the President of the Board.

Prior to crossing into his tenth year with Akamai, Christian was Peering Manager at TeliaSonera and Technical Operations Manager at Cable & Wireless. Mr. Kaufmann earned a Master of Science in Advanced Networking from Open University in the UK. He also holds various technical certifications, including both a CCIE & JCNIE.


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Jim Meehan, Director of Solutions Engineering

Jim Meehan is the director of solutions engineering at network traffic intelligence company Kentik. For more than two decades, he has worked as a security and networking technologist in a variety of roles, including founder, technical sales leader, network architect, and software developer.

Prior to Kentik, Meehan designed infrastructure for several Silicon Valley startups, and delivered Arbor Networks’ enterprise security, network visibility and DDoS mitigation products to a who’s-who of online enterprises. Before that, he co-founded one of the first dial-up ISPs in the Chicago area and founded a DSL provider that beat AT&T to market in much of NW metro Chicago -- all while still in high school. As a volunteer, he has written thousands of lines of custom code for Drupal and CiviCRM at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, where his wife is co-founder and executive director. He's also dad to three children, two boys and a girl.


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Daniel Williams is currently Principal Director Product Marketing at Brocade with a focus on solutions for IX, Colo, Content, Cloud and Mobile providers.

His extensive career in the communications industry includes building, deploying, educating and marketing technology solutions in data center, metro and wide-area networks to address business needs in both service provider and enterprise networks.

He has previously held management positions in companies such as Nokia, Lucent Technologies and Ascend Communications, presented at industry events and contributed to industry publications.

Mr. Williams holds a BA with dual concentrations in Mathematics and Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, USA.


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With over 20 years’ experience in the communications sector, Mike has previously held a variety of marketing and business development roles at Colt Technology Services, Cable & Wireless and Mercury Communications.

Mike joined Interxion as Director, Connectivity Segment in 2012, with responsibility for business development and strategy Interxion’s connectivity segment. Mike’s current role at Interxion is Director, Market Development and Strategy, focusing specifically on markets where Interxion has made acquisitions. Mike has a BSc in Business Studies with a specialization in Marketing from the CASS Business School in London.


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Thomas Volmer is in charge of interconnect and content delivery in EMEA at Google. With a telecoms background in sales, engineering and lobbying work, Thomas' interests lie in the evolutions of interconnect as well as infrastructure development, both in mature markets and the emerging world.


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Samih Souissi is a Telecom ParisTech engineer and has a PhD in computer science and networks. He is specialized in IP networks and IT security.

After working as a security consultant and a research engineer, he joined the French telecom regulation authority (Arcep) where he provides technical expertise in the following topics: Net Neutrality, Quality of Service, IP interconnection and IPv6. He is also involved in several expert working groups at the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec).

Besides, Samih Souissi teaches IP networks, Security and Risk management for engineering and master students at Telecom ParisTech and Efrei Engineering School.


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Luca is actually Internet Exchange Manager in TOP-IX, where he was hired as Business Development Manager in 2005. He has contributed to TOP-IX growth and sustainability along this time.

Before, he had a long experience in Internetworking realm, with different roles in Telecom Italia and BT. He worked for IXP community, serving for 6 years as Euro-IX board member. He usually attends Internet community at large and cooperated to promote ITNOG. Luca has a Degree on Electronic Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin and an MBA at University of Turin.


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Eric Loos joined BICS in 2007, holding positions in IP Backbone Engineering and manager of the expert team in the operations department before taking up a role as Senior Product Manager Capacity & IP at the end of 2011.

He has over 15 years of experience in the Service Provider segment, alternating between network engineering, architecture design and operational roles. Familiar with all stages of a service lifecycle, he has a unique perspective on the challenges faced by service providers and carriers.

Throughout his career he has been very involved in peering policy and implementation, working with the community to improve peering for all through roles in the AMS-IX Board and the PeeringDB Product Committee.

Francois CONTAT

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François Contat is a network engineer specialized in security and is the assistant to the head of the network and protocol security laboratory at ANSSI, the French national digital security agency. As a national authority, ANSSI reports to the Secretary General for Defense and National Security (secrétaire général de la défense et de la sécurité nationale - SGDSN). The SGDSN assists the Prime Minister in fulfilling his responsibilities in matters of national defense and security.

Prior to ANSSI, François held network engineering roles with different carriers & ISPs in France during 8 years, expanding his skills on various network technologies, including all xDSL technologies. François holds his Master of Science from the French Engineering school, EPITA in Paris, France. He is particularly interested in the evolution of Internet technologies.


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Mike joined LINX in 2010 as Manager Network Operations, and currently holds the position as Manager Network Engineering and Operations. He owns the overall responsibility for the day to day running of the LINX Networks including the member facing support teams.

Previous to his time at LINX, Mike had management positions in Operations, Customer Support and Network Engineering roles at PSINet, VIA.networks and Interoute where he also held the position as Peering Manager. Born in Luxembourg, Mike spent 7 years working in Switzerland and moved to London in 2007.

Richard WHITE

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Richard heads up the telecoms, energy and automotive clients of AxiCom, delivering PR campaigns for the most innovate technology companies in the world. With more than 15 years’ PR experience, he has been the driving force behind building AxiCom’s sector expertise in the mobile and telecoms industries.

Richard’s experience spans the telecoms and enterprise IT sectors and includes IBM, Red Hat, Samsung and ZTE, and many of the industry’s hottest start-ups. Richard has a history of working with his clients to build value and equity in their brands, and has seen many of them transformed into market leaders that have gone on to be successfully acquired or to IPO.

Stéphane MENY

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Stéphane Meny is the Network and Security Group Architect at LVMH Group. He has more than 15 years of experience in networking and telecommunications with global footprint companies, in both managerial and operational roles.

Prior to LMVH, Stéphane has held different network engineering roles in AXA Group for 15 years. In his last position, he managed the network engineering team overseeing network projects in Southern Europe. Stéphane graduated from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) in France. He is particularly interested to catch and understand new IT technologies and trends that make sense and have deep impact on the corporate landscape.

Lionel MARIE

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Lionel Marie is currently the Network Innovation Leader at Schneider Electric. Prior to Schneider Electric, Lionel led the team in charge of the IP backbone at Colt in France.

With a strong background in the Internet Industry, he has been transforming the Global Internet access of Schneider Electric, from a "commodity access" to a "Cloud ready" network, leading the path for other international corporations in their digital transformation.

Lionel holds his Master of Science from the Institut Informatique et Entreprises (IEE) in France. He gives regular talks during industry conferences such as WAN Summit and AWS Summit and is an active contributor in the Internet community in Europe.


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Gregoire Villain KINTIK
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